Patents Examined by Robert Siconolfi
  • Patent number: 10632809
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a leaf spring retaining element for rotationally and elastically mounting a leaf spring end of a leaf spring on a vehicle structure. The leaf spring retaining element includes a leaf spring mounting part having a receiving recess to accommodate the leaf spring end; an elastomer molded part configured to rotationally and elastically mount the leaf spring end, wherein the elastomer molded part is arranged in the receiving recess and shaped to at least partially enclose the leaf spring end; and a bearing configured to support the leaf spring mounting part on the vehicle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SGL CARBON SE
    Inventors: Rodscha Drabon, Ullrich Hammelmaier, Torsten Howe, Peter Koczar, Thomas Lange, Dirk Rochell
  • Patent number: 10626948
    Abstract: A damper includes a tubular member that internally forms an action chamber, an annular rod guide secured to one side opening of the tubular member, a rod inserted through an inside of the rod guide so as to be axially movable, an oil seal installed to the action chamber side of the rod guide and seal an outer periphery of the rod, and a sealing member stacked on a side of the rod guide opposite to the action chamber, wherein the sealing member includes a dust seal that seals the outer periphery of the rod, and an outer peripheral seal that seals a gap between the tubular member and the rod guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: KYB Corporation
    Inventor: Hideaki Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10626942
    Abstract: A lower-side spring-receiving member of a suspension device, receiving a suspension spring structured to have a rising section at a lower side of the suspension spring, having a partially annular shape and including: a base end portion arranged at one end of the lower-side spring-receiving member wherein an end of the suspension spring is inserted into the base end portion; a slope portion arranged at the other end of the lower-side spring-receiving member and having a thickness in a cross-sectional view varying so as to follow a shape of the rising section of the suspension spring; and a holding portion that is arranged between the base end portion and the slope portion and holds the suspension spring, wherein the slope portion has a recess portion (Nk) formed on its bottom-surface; the recess portion includes a ridge portion is formed in a substantially mountain shape in a cross-sectional view taken along a radial direction of the partially annular shape and may be or may not be in contact with a mounting s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuji Ohmura, Shohei Hosomi, Jun Umeno
  • Patent number: 10625718
    Abstract: A brake system includes a service brake and a parking brake that brake a vehicle including a lift axle capable of ascending and descending. The brake system further includes a brake blocker device and a controller that controls the brake blocker device. The brake blocker device blocks at least one of supply of compressed air to the service brake and supply of compressed air to the parking brake. The service brake and the parking brake act on the lift axle. The controller actuates the brake blocker device when the lift axle is at a lifted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: NABTESCO AUTOMOTIVE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ichiro Minato, Hiroki Hasebe, Kazuya Yoketa
  • Patent number: 10626946
    Abstract: A damper includes a piston and a cylinder housing the piston, and generates a braking force based on a movement or relative movement of the piston. The piston includes a trunk portion and a seal ring surrounding the trunk portion. A first seal portion against an inner wall of the cylinder is formed on an outer peripheral portion in the seal ring, and a second seal portion against a circumference wall portion projecting from the trunk portion is formed in a front end portion positioned on a pressure chamber side. Also, a support rib portion is provided outside the trunk portion, which allows the seal ring to move within a predetermined range along a moving direction of the piston in a state wherein a movement gap for a fluid is formed between the trunk portion and an inner peripheral portion of the seal ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Kei Shimozaki
  • Patent number: 10604209
    Abstract: A bicycle hydraulic device includes a cylinder including a cylinder bore, a piston located in the cylinder bore and movable between an initial position and an actuation position, a reservoir tank that is in fluidal communication with the cylinder bore through a communication port, and a flow modulator configured to modulate a flow behavior of a fluid in accordance with a direction in which the fluid flows in the communication port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Mototsugu Nakai, Takaaki Fujiwara, Tatsuya Matsushita, Yasuyuki Komada, Etsuyoshi Watarai
  • Patent number: 10604128
    Abstract: An electronically slip-controllable vehicle braking system for a motor vehicle, including an actuatable brake master cylinder, to which at least one wheel brake that is associated with one wheel of a front axle of the vehicle, and at least one wheel brake that is associated with one wheel of a rear axle of the motor vehicle, are detachably connected. An electronically controllable first actuator suite of the braking system establishes and regulates mutually differing brake pressures in the wheel brakes as a function of the respectively existing slip conditions. An electronically controllable second actuator suite establishes and regulates a uniform brake pressure at the wheel brakes, and a third actuator suite limits the brake pressure generated by the second actuator suite at the at least one wheel brake associated with the wheel of the rear axle. Electronic control application to the actuator suites is accomplished via an electronic control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Alfred Strehle, Marko Flinner, Matthias Schanzenbach, Thomas Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10598236
    Abstract: A laminated shim for a disc brake includes base and cover shim plates. The base shim plate includes a base side substrate portion, and a base side locking piece extending in a lamination direction of the base shim plate and the cover shim plate. The cover shim plate includes a cover side substrate portion which is laminated on the base side substrate portion, and a cover side locking piece which extends from the cover side substrate portion in an extension direction of the base side locking piece and is radially overlapped with the base side locking piece. A circumferential end portion of one of the base side locking piece and the cover side locking piece abuts against a movement restricting surface facing a circumferential direction and provided at one of the base side substrate portion and the cover side substrate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: AKEBONO BRAKE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Isao Tamaoki, Yuta Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10598239
    Abstract: A method in which at least one piezoceramic sensor, which converts every mechanical force to which it is subjected into an electrical signal and having a Curie temperature higher than 200° C., is solidarized directly onto the surface of a metal support element of a vehicle braking element, which during use faces a vehicle element to be braked. While in contact with such a surface, an electrical circuit is implemented that picks up and eventually processes the electrical signal, the electrical circuit being connected with a connector integrated with the metal support element. An electrically insulating layer sandwiches the at least one piezoceramic sensor and the electrical circuit, and a block of friction material with an underlying damping layer is formed upon the electrically insulating layer. After forming the block of friction material, the piezoceramic sensor is polarized by applying a predetermined potential difference thereto by means of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ITT Italia S.r.l.
    Inventors: Luca Martinotto, Fabrizio Merlo, Daniele Donzelli
  • Patent number: 10598249
    Abstract: A joint cushioning system includes a pad of a foam material which is resiliently compressible. The pad has an outer surface, an inner surface, an upper edge, a lower edge, a first lateral edge and a second lateral edge. A magnetorheological fluid impregnates the foamed material. The magnetorheological fluid is configured to be alternated between a first state wherein the foamed material is bendable and compressible and a second state wherein the magnetorheological fluid forms rigid columns within the foamed material such that the foamed material is less bendable and compressible. An actuating system is mounted on the pad and is in operational communication with magnetorheological fluid. The actuating system actuates the magnetorheological fluid from the first state to the second state when a condition has been met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Neil Saley
  • Patent number: 10584761
    Abstract: A vertical decoupler assembly for a hydraulic mount including a first fluid chamber and a second fluid chamber includes a travel plate defining an interior space for receiving a removable vertical decoupler assembly. The vertical decoupler assembly includes an elastically deformable and tubular shaped diaphragm for dampening small vibrations across the mount. The vertical decoupler assembly may include an inner cage and an outer cage, each including a rigid, perforated, tubular wall disposed on either side of the diaphragm for limiting its radial deflection in each direction. The vertical decoupler assembly may include a rigid lower insert having an inverted cup shape with a second rim sealingly engaging the diaphragm and secured to the inner and outer cages. The decoupler diaphragm also includes a flange and a ring-shaped upper insert for nesting within and sealing against a throat at the upper end of the travel plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJINGWEST INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Brent Fourman
  • Patent number: 10576958
    Abstract: A method for determining a leakage in a hydraulic brake system in a vehicle includes evaluating a suspected leakage in the hydraulic brake system and taking into account an actuation of an automated hand brake during the evaluation of the suspected leakage. The hydraulic brake system has a hydraulic footbrake and the automated hand brake has an electromechanical actuator. The hydraulic footbrake and the automated hand brake are configured to act on the same brake piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Wolff, Dieter Blattert, Edith Mannherz
  • Patent number: 10569610
    Abstract: A damper is provided having a twin tube construction interconnected to a gas reservoir. The connection of each of the inner and outer volumes of the twin tube to the gas reservoir is independently valved, and each of these valves are independently settable to change the differential pressure thereacross at which they open. The damper provides flow passages directly from the inner and outer volumes to enable flow form the compression to rebound sides thereof, as well as through the valved connections to the gas reservoir and at least one valved opening in the damper piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Paul Cox
  • Patent number: 10563717
    Abstract: A method of treating a carbon structure is provided. The method may include the step of infiltrating the carbon structure with a ceramic preparation comprising yttrium oxides and zirconium oxides. The carbon structure may be densified by chemical vapor infiltration (CVI) and heat treated to form yttrium oxycarbides and/or carbides and zirconium oxycarbides and/or carbides. Heat treating the carbon structure may comprise a temperature ranging from 1000° C. to 1600° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Le Costaouec, Paul Perea
  • Patent number: 10562508
    Abstract: A brake clearing system useful for clearing mechanical components of one or more brake units provided on a freight trailer having an air storage reservoir. The system includes a flow controller, at least one delivery hose, and at least one discharge device. The flow controller is fluidly between the air storage reservoir and the auxiliary tank. The delivery hose is fluidly connected to an outlet of the flow controller and delivers pressurized air to the discharge device. The discharge device, in turn, is configured to direct pressurized air at components of one of the brake units. The flow controller can include an inflow control unit, an auxiliary tank, and an outflow control unit. In related embodiments, the auxiliary tank can include a heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Intouch Shipping Technology, Ltd.
    Inventors: Davis D. Freeman, Logan Dillinger
  • Patent number: 10556576
    Abstract: A brake booster for a brake master cylinder of a motor vehicle includes a drive motor that is connected/connectable by a gear unit to a pressure piston for the brake master cylinder, the gear unit converting a rotational motion of the drive motor into a translational motion of the pressure piston to actuate the brake master cylinder, and the gear unit including a rotatable spindle nut and a non-rotatable spindle rod having intermeshing trapezoidal threads that have have a flank clearance and a tip clearance that are greater than a bottom clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Ohm, Andreas Deberling, Daniel Weissinger, Willi Nagel
  • Patent number: 10550901
    Abstract: An electric parking brake device includes an inner engaging part formed on an inner shim, wherein the engaging part engages with a projection projecting from the back face of an inner brake pad so that mutual rotation about the central axis of a piston is controlled. An outer hook is formed on an outer shim, wherein the outer hook slidably locks to the outer circumferential edge of an outer brake pad. The outer hook is configured so that at least one of same is provided on each of an outer circumferential end on the outside of and an outer circumferential end on the inside of the outer brake pad in the radial direction and so that the set spring constant allows the outer shim to move to the outside in the radial direction with respect to the outer brake pad while the parking brake is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoki Iwamichi, Hiroshi Anda
  • Patent number: 10543827
    Abstract: A distributor valve for a brake control system of a railway vehicle is provided with an access interface that includes a plurality of access ports for measuring the operational pressures of the distributor valve. The distributor valve includes a pipe bracket and a main line and main portions mounted on the pipe bracket. The pipe bracket includes a plurality of passages for communicating the main portion and the main line portion with each other and with a brake pipe, brake cylinder, and reservoir of the brake control system. The plurality of access ports of the access interface includes ports in communication with the working chamber passage, valve chamber passage, brake pipe passage, reservoir passage, and the brake cylinder passage of the pipe bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. Skweres, Michael S. Plechey
  • Patent number: 10544847
    Abstract: A damper includes a housing with at least one axially offset longitudinally extending guide channel for receiving a plunger of a piston assembly. The plunger is axially offset from a control rod extending through the housing and the piston assembly. A coil spring surrounds the housing and extends between a hemispherical cap of the housing and the piston. The plunger includes a friction pad which engages the guide channel of the housing to provide frictional inter-engagement for the damper. In one embodiment, the housing includes a pair of axially offset guide channels and the piston assembly includes a pair of axially offset plungers which extend within a pair of guides of the housing. One of the plungers includes a linear sensor which provides signal information for use by a washer control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Suspa GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Bauer, Michael Weder, Andreas Pelczer, D. Stuart Atwater, James Lee Vander Zanden, Jonathan David Bruin
  • Patent number: 10532662
    Abstract: An apparatus has a first portion of a magnetic braking system with a first element disposed thereon. The first portion rotates about an axis. The position of the first element is a fixed distance from the axis. A second portion of the magnetic braking system has a second element disposed thereon. A spring biases the rotatable first portion a first distance from the second portion. Upon application of a force to one of the portions, the relative position of the rotatable first portion to the second portion is reduced to a second distance less than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TRUBLUE LLC
    Inventors: John Lewis McGowan, Steven K. Holmes